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“Right-to-Work” not as Beneficial for Employees Working in State and Local Government

The Economic Policy Institute reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider the case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which may require all states to have public-sector open-shop laws. The case involves whether Abood v. Detroit Board of Education should be overruled. The court ruled that union-shop clauses were unenforceable, but upheld public-sector agency-shop clauses. This requires that employees who are not [...]

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AFSA Attends MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference

From January 15-19, AFSA joined hundreds of union and civil rights activists in honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the AFL-CIO’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta. Attendees participated in plenary sessions, workshops and panels, in order to build knowledge and skills on a wide range [...]

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Ariz. GOP House Speaker Shelves Anti-Worker Legislation

PHOENIX–In an interesting demonstration of labor’s political clout, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House is shelving two controversial anti-worker bills, fearing that passing them would drive unions, their allies, and anti-GOP voters to the polls this fall.

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Second Indiana Judge Bounces State Right-To-Work Law

CROWN POINT, Ind.–As far as Indiana’s so-called “right-to-work” law, the legal question now becomes “Will it be three strikes and you’re out?” That’s because a second Lake County, Ind., circuit court judge, George Paras, acting on a challenge from the Steelworkers, has bounced the law, again citing the state constitution. Appeals of both that case and a previously successful challenge, by the Operating Engineers, are headed for a state Supreme Court hearing in Indianapolis on Sept. 4.

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Ironworkers Quickly Jump To Aid Workers Left Jobless And Without Pay By Non-Union Contractor’s Closure

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.–Proving once again that unionists jump to the aid of all workers – union or not – the Ironworkers are trying to find jobs for 280 non-union colleagues left high and dry without pay when a large non-union Michigan contractor suddenly shut its doors last month. And the union hopes they’ll eventually become members, too.

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AFGE’s Cox: Privatizing Airport Screeners Doesn’t Work

WASHINGTON–Privatizing the nation’s airport screeners – beyond the 18 airports where private security firms already run screening – doesn’t work, the president of the union that represents the rest of the nation’s screeners says. It’s also dangerous, he warns. Not only that, AFGE President J. David Cox pointed out in a subsequent interview, there were four hijackings of airliners on one fatal day – the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – before screeners became public workers, and none since.

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Amalgamated Transit Union Buys Natl. Labor College Campus

WASHINGTON—The Amalgamated Transit Union has bought the now-vacant National Labor College campus in Washington’s Maryland suburbs, the union said on July 30. The union will move its headquarters there and run training programs there as well.

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Last-Minute Congressional Passage Of Highway-Mass Transit Funding Bill Still Leaves Union Leaders Grumbling

WASHINGTON—Congress’ literally last-minute passage of a $11 billion bill to fund highway, bridge and mass transit projects through next May still left union leaders grumbling. That’s because the lawmakers did nothing to solve the permanent problems of the Highway Trust Fund, whose gas tax revenues ordinarily fuel the projects. The fund was running out of money, thus threatening to idle 700,000 construction workers at the height of construction season, when lawmakers acted. And solons found the funds elsewhere, thus “kicking the can down the road” before leaving August 1 for their month-long recess.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

MADISON, Wis.–By a 5-2 vote on July 31, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld all of Radical Right GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-collective bargaining law. His law stripped 200,000 state and local workers of collective bargaining rights and unions of dues.

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Obama To Crack Down On Federal Contractors Who Break Labor Laws

WASHINGTON–Democratic President Barack Obama will soon sign a wide-ranging executive order cracking down on all federal contractors who break labor laws, including collective bargaining rights, safety and health laws and wage and hour laws, the White House press office announced on July 31.

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